David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2741) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof,
Videotape testimony of David K., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1924. He describes the rich and cultured Jewish prewar life in Kraków; his happy childhood; German occupation in 1939; his uncle's unsuccessful attempts to help his family emigrate through Brussels to Uruguay; fleeing to Ciężkowice; his deportation to a labor camp in Pustków; his shock at the brutal shooting of a prisoner; forced labor building sewers; observing Jewish holidays; his sickness and hospitalization; returning to Ciężkowice; imprisonment with his father in Tarnów; returning to Ciężkowice; and his deportation to a labor camp in Mielec (he never saw his family again). Mr. K. relates receiving a last letter from his father; slave labor in a Heinkel airplane factory; attending a seder; hearing about Sobibor and not believing it; transfer to Wieliczka, then Flossenbürg; transfer to Hersbruck, then back to Flossenbürg; working as a mechanic in a privileged group; aid from a German foreman; hunger and beatings; evacuation in cattle cars to Schwarzenfeld; a death march; liberaiton by United States troops; transfer to the Weiden displaced persons camp; moving to Weidenau; marriage; Jewish community life in Weidenau; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. K. shows ritual objects which he and his father had buried and his uncle recovered after the war.
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- December 15, 1994.
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- David K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2741). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.